New Economic School (NES) in Moscow.550 The NES commencement ceremony generally featured high-proﬁle speakers; for example, President Barack Obama delivered a commencement address at the school in 2009.551 NES ofﬁcials told the Ofﬁce that the interest in inviting Page to speak at NES was based entirely on his status as a Trump Campaign advisor who served as the candidate’s Russia expert.552 Andrej Krickovic, an associate of Page’s and assistant professor at the Higher School of Economics in Russia, recommended that NBS rector Shlomo Weber invite Page to give the commencement address based on his connection to the Trump Campaign.553 Denis Klimentov, an employee of NBS, said that when Russians learned of Page’s involvement in the Trump Campaign in March 2016, the excitement was palpable.554 Weber recalled that in summer 2016 there was substantial interest in the Trump Campaign in Moscow, and he felt that bringing a member of the Campaign to the school would be beneﬁcial.555 Page was eager to accept the invitation to speak at NBS, and he sought approval from Trump Campaign ofﬁcials to make the trip to Russia.556 On May 16, 2016, while that request was still under consideration, Page emailed Clovis, J .D. Gordon, and Walid Phares and suggested that candidate Trump take his place speaking at the commencement ceremony in MOSCOW.557 On June 19, 2016, Page followed up again to request approval to speak at the NES event and to reiterate that NES “would love to have Mr. Trump speak at this annual celebration” in Page’s place-‘358 Campaign manager Corey Lewandowski responded the same day, saying, “If you want to do this, it would be out side [sic] of your role with the DJT for President campaign. I am certain Mr. Trump Will not be able to a’ctend.”559 V In early July 2016, Page traveled to Russia for the NES events. On July 5, 2016, Denis Klimentov, copying his brother, Dmitri Klimentovf6O emailed Maria Zakharova, the Director of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Information and Press Department, about Page’s visit and his connection to the Trump Campaigns“ Denis Klimentov said in the email that he wanted to draw the Russian government’s attention to Page’s visit in Moscow.562 His message to Zakharova 55" Page 3/16/17 302, at 2-3; Page 3/10/17 302, at 3. ”1 s. Weber 7/28/17 302, at 3. 553 Y. Weber 6/1/17 302, at 4-5; s. Weber 7/28/17 302, at 3. 553 See Y. Weber 6/1/17 302, at 4; s. Weber 7/28/17 302, at 3. 55“ De. Klimentov 6/9/17 302, at 2. 555 S. Weber 7/28/17 302, at 3. 556 See 5/16/16 Email, Page to Phares et al. (referring to submission of a “campaign adviser request form”). 557_; 5/ 16/ 16 Email, Page to Phares et al. 553 6/19/16 Email, Page to Gordon et al. 559 6/ 19/16 Email, Lewandowski to Page et al. 560 Dmitri Klimentov is a New York-based public relations consultant. 5“ 7/5/ 16 Email, Klimentov to Zakharova (translated). 562 7/5/16 Email, Klimentov to Zakharova (translated).
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